This past weekend I rode the train down to Galesburg, IL for a day of baking with my Augie buddies Melissa and Larisa. (I bet you didn't know taking the Amtrak from Naperville to Galesburg is actually faster than driving). When I arrived in town Larisa and I stopped at a local bakery to get a treat for a mid-morning snack. Besides the sticker-shock of buying baked goods outside of the Chicago area (a good-sized cinnamon roll cost only $1) I walked into the attached small grocery shop next door and had another unusual experience.
This is a goat or a sheep or something like that...made of seeds and beans. He's completely covered, and dressed for the holidays. It was so avant-garde in such an unexpected place. Of course I took a picture.